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Arts and Entertainment



A&E 9/25/18 11:07pm

The Menil Collection: Reopening displays a reinvigorated space

While it may have seemed like not much happened on campus this weekend, the ordinarily quiet and unassuming residential Menil District was buzzing with excitement and activity. Following a seven-month-long hiatus, the main building of the Menil Collection finally reopened its doors on Saturday. Visitors were able to experience the newly updated building in what might have been one of the most anticipated cultural events of the fall, complete with food from famous Houston food trucks (like the The Waffle Bus and Smoosh). 


A&E 9/25/18 11:05pm

Rice Media Center hosts Agustin Estrada’s ‘Shizen: On the Art of Looking at Nature’

Agustín Estrada’s photography exhibit “Shizen: On the Art of Looking at Nature,” which showcases intricate perspectives of nature in the context of Japanese culture, opened at the Rice Media Center Main Gallery Tuesday, Sept. 18. While “Shizen” translates directly to “nature,” this broad term is categorized into three distinct aspects that are individually explored and developed by Estrada. The first is “Niwa,” Japanese ponds and gardens that serve as “pure places” to interact with nature. The second is “Hanami,” the blooming of flowers in early spring, and the third is “Momiji,” the falling and changing colors of leaves in autumn.




A&E 9/19/18 3:16am

‘New Cartographies’ brings a measured perspective to map-making

Maps don’t just show location in the Asia Society of Texas’ newest exhibition. “New Cartographies” showcases four artists and their exploration of the nuances associated with creating a physical representation of an entire region. In these works, the artists find new ways to create maps by incorporating the regions’ personal subjectivity, political struggles and colonial pasts.


A&E 9/19/18 3:14am

Brynn Elliott’s Debut EP Is Your New Girl Power Inspiration

Brynn Elliott is not your ordinary pop star. Fresh out of Harvard University, Elliott combines her philosophy degree and songwriting abilities with the purpose of inspiring listeners to embrace themselves and take action. Since entering Harvard in 2014, Elliott has juggled schoolwork and music, taking time off from Cambridge to open for artists such as Alanis Morissette, Grace Potter and Brandi Carlile. Signed on a joint contract with Atlantic Records and Big Yellow Dog Music, Elliott is on a steady rise to fame. 




A&E 9/14/18 11:35am

A vegan’s guide to surviving Rice’s serveries

There are two rules to eating vegan in Rice’s nationally renowned serveries: 1. Don’t try. 2. Okay, fine, you can try being vegan if you want to, but be warned that you’ll be eating salads five out of seven days of the week. That hasn’t scared you away? Okay. You’re ready. 


A&E 9/12/18 10:05am

Trailblazing: A decade later, Matchbox rebrands

“It’s a space for self-directed exploration, and it really fits the bill in terms of being a very viable exhibition venue [where] our students [can] learn the ropes,” Sperandio said. “Understanding what an exhibition is, is part of being an artist, and it’s part of art training.”



A&E 9/12/18 12:31am

Memoirs of a 70-year-old stage: CAMH presents “Stage Environment”

“Stage Environment: You Didn’t Have to Be There,” an exhibit highlighting the rich history of performance art at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, opened on Friday, Sept. 7. The museum collections include documentation of live dance, music and acting performances at CAMH from the mid-20th century to the present. 


A&E 9/12/18 12:15am

‘Lodge 49’ makes the unbelievable believable

Life can be absolutely absurd. It can also be pretty ordinary. Created by acclaimed short-story writer Jim Gavin, the new TV series “Lodge 49” knows these truths. It fully embraces both ends of the existential spectrum by being simultaneously the craziest and most relaxed show in this critic’s recent memory.


A&E 9/12/18 12:11am

Idle Games: A digital kind of mindlessness

There is something precious about the interim period spent waiting for the campus shuttle or in line at the servery. These are times of idleness, and they feel like an oasis from the rat race of college life.  In these moments, I turn to idle games –  games on my phone that are perfectly situated for these idle times.


A&E 9/11/18 11:32pm

Sid 80’s Top 8 trends

It’s been nearly 30 years since the end of the 1980s. Most of us planning on attending Sid ’80s never really lived through the ’80s and if you did, you’re probably too old to be going to Rice public parties. However, don’t worry. You don’t need to be going Back to the Future to find out how to dress for Sid 80’s. We’ll tell you everything you need to fit right in!


A&E 9/5/18 12:24am

​Summer’s belly flop: ‘The Happytime Murders’ disappoints

Rating: 2/5 It is fitting that the trailer for “The Happytime Murders” played at the screening of “Deadpool 2.” Operating under the tagline “All street, no sesame,” the trailer sold itself as a gritty repackaging of “The Muppets” franchise, complete with the rare R-rating that “Deadpool” brought to the superhero genre.